In April of this year, Microsoft will release an update to Windows 8.1 (remember Windows 8.1 was a free update to Windows 8!) with a number of minor yet incredibly useful features that will improve your experience of the operating system when using a mouse and keyboard.
Windows 8 has been criticised by many users for ignoring traditional computers and going ‘all in’ with touchscreen interactions. Although I don’t agree with this viewpoint, I can certainly see the need for improvement.
The ScummVM team have announced the release of version 1.6.0. of their software, that includes four new game engines and a further six playable titles.
ScummVM is a wonderful free piece of software that allows you to play classic point and click adventures on various devices and platforms – even on ones they were never originally intended.
…significant features include support for the Macintosh version of Discworld 1 and the music in the Macintosh versions of LucasArts adventures, an update to the latest Roland MT-32 emulation code, a new cool grid chooser for your savegames, an extended FluidSynth configuration dialog, and major bugfixes to bike fights in Full Throttle. We have also added Belarusian, Finnish and Galician translations to our GUI.
For many years, rightly or wrongly, Microsoft have been accused of playing it safe with their operating system releases. Business customers in particular are often found to be moving at a snail’s pace when upgrading to the latest versions of Windows. This can be attributed to the time it takes to teach their staff the differences and the process of implementing any new technologies, which is a costly pursuit. With this in mind, it is quite easy to understand why a company such as Microsoft wouldn’t drastically change the basic interface we have all become accustomed to, whether in the business environment or even as a consumer at home.